Pathways in Urban Studies

The Urban Studies Program has an introductory course at the 1000 level and is built around “core” courses at the 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels.

Core Courses

      • AP/SOSC 1733 6.0 World of Cities: Journeys Through Urban Space and Time
      • AP/SOSC 2710 6.0 City Lives and City Forms: An Introduction To Urban Studies
      • AP/SOSC 3701 3.0 Urban Analysis I
      • AP/SOSC 3702 3.0 Urban Analysis II: Research Project
      • SOSC 4700 6.0 Urban Studies Seminar

Students then complete their required program credits based on their particular interests and objectives. The program is designed with three pathways that become open to students in their third and fourth years:
        1. Global Urbanism
        2. Urban Governance (Policy, Politics and Finance)
        3. Urban Community, Environment and Planning

    While pursuing one of these three pathways is strongly recommended students can still select their courses based on their particular interests and objectives and in consultation with a program advisor.

    Global Urbanism

    Students interested in Global Urbanism are advised to select among:

     3000 level courses

        • AP/SOSC 3744 3.0    Global Urbanism
        • AP/SOSC 3714 3.0     Cities and Climate Change
        • AP/SOSC 3720 3.0     Cities and Film
        • AP/SOSC 3730 3.0     Comparative Urban Development
        • AP/SOSC 3755 3.0     Hip Hop and the City
        • AP/SOSC 3735 3.0     Asian Cities in Context
        • AP/SOSC 3760 3.0     Toronto Urban Region
        • AMPD 3250 3.0          Inventing the Metropolis
        • ES/ENVS 3227 3.0     Urban Planning and Politics in the Global South
        • AP/GEOG 3060 3.0    Post-Colonial Geographies
        • AP/GEOG 3070 6.0    Gender, Population and Migration
        • AP/GEOG 3080 3.0    Reading Landscapes through Time
        • AP/GEOG 3220 3.0    Advanced Urban Geography
        • AP/GEOG 3650 6.0    Wired Cities: Community, Technology and Changing Urban Places
        • AP/HIST 3775 3.0      History of Hong Kong
        • AP/HUMA 3605 6.0   Imagining the European City
        • AP/POLS 3410 3.0     Globalization, State Theory and City-Regions

     4000 level courses

        • AP/SOSC 4713 6.0     Seminar in Critical Urban Studies
        • AP/SOSC 4735 6.0     Seminar in Urban Theory
        • AP/ANTH 4450 3.0    The Anthropology of the City
        • AP/EN 4073 6.0          The Small Town in Film and Literature
        • ES/ENVS 4161 3.0     Social Movements
        • ES/ENVS 4210 3.0     Global Populations
        • ES/ENVS 4223 3.0     Global Cities
        • AP/GEOG 4090 3.0    Urban Identities
        • AP/GEOG 4900 3.0    Public Space
        • AP/SOCI 4055 6.0      Everyday Life in the Metropolis
        • AP/SOCI 4430 3.0      Human Displacement and Refugees

    Urban Governance (Policy, Politics and Finance)

    Students interested in Urban Governance (Policy, Politics and Finance) are advised to select among:

    3000 level courses

        • AP/SOSC 3745 3.0    Urban Governance, Politics and Policy
        • AP/SOSC 3712 3.0     Cities and Climate Change
        • AP/SOSC 3717 3.0     Urban Transportation
        • AP/SOSC 3719 3.0     Mapping the City
        • AP/SOSC 3760 3.0     Toronto Urban Region
        • AP/SOSC 3770 3.0     Housing Policy and Income Security Policies
        • AMPD 3250 3.0          Inventing the Metropolis
        • AP/ECON 3230 3.0    Urban Economics
        • ES/ENVS 3222 3.0     Urban and Regional Infrastructures
        • ES/ENVS 3225 3.0     Regional Governance
        • ES/ENVS 3226 3.0     Sustainable Urbanism
        • AP/GEOG 3040 3.0    Urban Environmental Justice
        • AP/GEOG 3220 3.0    Advanced Urban Geography
        • AP/GEOG 3900 3.0    Physical Geographies of the City
        • AP/HIST 3140 3.0      The City and the Roman World
        • AP/HREQ 3410 6.0    Human Rights and Urban Space
        • AP/POLS 3110 3.0     The Process of Urban Politics
        • AP/POLS 3410 3.0     Globalization, State Theory and City-Regions
        • HH/PSYC 3450 3.0    Environmental Psychology

    4000 level courses

        • AP/SOSC 4713 6.0     Seminar in Critical Urban Studies
        • AP/SOSC 4735 6.0     Seminar in Urban Theory
        • AP/ECON 4279 3.0    Housing Economics
        • ES/ENVS 4225 3.0     Urban Sustainability
        • ES/ENVS 4161 3.0     Social Movements
        • ES/ENVS 4750 3.0     Political Ecology of Landscape
        • AP/GEOG 4040 6.0    Urban Historical Geography
        • AP/GEOG 4095 3.0    Aboriginal Space and the City
        • AP/GEOG 4130 3.0    Planning Suburbs
        • AP/GEOG 4170 3.0    Geographic Perspectives on Immigration, Ethnicity and Race in Modern Cities
        • AP/GEOG 4240 3.0    The Planning of Urban Facilities
        • AP/GEOG 4380 3.0    Urban Social Policy
        • AP/GEOG 4605 3.0    The Greater Toronto Area
        • AP/GEOG 4900 3.0    Public Space
        • AP/HIST 4530 6.0      The Development of Toronto
        • AP/POLS 4110 3.0     Canadian Urban Policy
        • AP/SOCI 4055 6.0      Everyday Life in the Metropolis
        • AP/SOCI 4120 6.0      Social Organization and Urban Culture
        • AP/SOCI 4430 3.0      Human Displacement and Refugees

    Urban Community, Environment and Planning

    Students interested in Urban Community, Environment and Planning are advised to select among:

    3000 level courses

        • AP/SOSC 3711 3.0    Theory and Practice of Urban Planning: Ideas and Themes
        • AP/SOSC 3712 3.0    Theory and Practice of Urban Planning: Planning Workshop
        • AP/SOSC 3717 3.0     Urban Transportation
        • AP/SOSC 3718 3.0     Introduction to Urban Design
        • AP/SOSC 3719 3.0     Mapping the City
        • AP/SOSC 3720 3.0     Cities and Film
        • AP/SOSC 3746 3.0     Cities as Neighbourhoods and Communities
        • AP/SOSC 3755 3.0     Hip Hop and the City
        • AP/SOSC 3760 3.0     Toronto Urban Region
        • AMPD 3001 3.0          Visual Arts, Architecture and Design
        • AMPD 3250 3.0          Inventing the Metropolis
        • ES/ENVS 3222 3.0     Urban and Regional Infrastructures
        • ES/ENVS 3226 3.0     Sustainable Urbanism
        • ES/ENVS 3227 3.0     Urban Planning and Politics in the Global South
        • ES/ENVS 3740 3.0     Urban Ecologies
        • ES/ENVS 4800 3.0     Urban Development and Process
        • AP/GEOG 3040 3.0    Urban Environmental Justice
        • AP/GEOG 3220 3.0    Advanced Urban Geography
        • AP/GEOG 3650 6.0    Wired Cities: Community, Technology and Changing Urban Places
        • AP/GEOG 3900 3.0    Physical Geographies of the City
        • AP/HREQ 3410 6.0    Human Rights and Urban Space
        • AP/POLS 3110 3.0     The Process of Urban Politics
        • AP/POLS 3410 3.0     Globalization, State Theory and City-Regions
        • HH/PSYC 3450 3.0    Environmental Psychology
        • AP/SOCI 3830 6.0      Sociology of Urban Life

    4000 level courses

        • AP/SOSC 4713 6.0     Seminar in Critical Urban Studies
        • AP/SOSC 4735 6.0     Seminar in Urban Theory
        • ES/ENVS 4225 3.0     Urban Sustainability
        • ES/ENVS 4161 3.0     Social Movements
        • ES/ENVS 4750 3.0     Political Ecology of Landscape
        • ES/ENVS 4800 3.0     Urban Development and Process
        • AP/GEOG 4040 6.0    Urban Historical Geography
        • AP/GEOG 4090 3.0    Urban Identities
        • AP/GEOG 4095 3.0    Aboriginal Space and the City
        • AP/GEOG 4130 3.0    Planning Suburbs
        • AP/GEOG 4170 3.0    Geographic Perspectives on Immigration, Ethnicity and Race in Modern Cities
        • AP/GEOG 4240 3.0    The Planning of Urban Facilities
        • AP/GEOG 4280 3.0    Imagining Toronto
        • AP/GEOG 4605 3.0    The Greater Toronto Area
        • AP/GEOG 4900 3.0    Public Space
        • AP/HIST 4530 6.0      The Development of Toronto
        • AP/POLS 4110 3.0     Canadian Urban Policy
        • AP/SOCI 4055 6.0      Everyday Life in the Metropolis
        • AP/SOCI 4120 6.0      Social Organization and Urban Culture
        • AP/SOCI 4430 3.0      Human Displacement and Refugees

    The iBA in Urban Studies also introduces students to language skills.